Student Council

Student Council sets Student Union polices – these policies determine the work of the union such as mandating Sabbatical Officers to campaign on a particular issue, or setting new rules for the Students’ Union. Any UWS student can submit a policy idea and invite comments or suggest edits and then student reps have full voting rights and will debate this at student council. This year Student Council will be held virtually on Zoom.

Student Council is chaired by the Union Chair, who has been elected to hold the Sabbatical Officers to account. The Union Chair for academic year 2020/2021 is David Laffan.

If you are interested in submitting a policy you can do so below.. Policies are debated at student council in order of popularity to make sure the issues of most interest to students are always heard - so if you suggest an idea encourage your fellow students to come online and vote for them!

If you would like to see how our Sabbatical Officers are making progress on previously passed policies you can click here!

ANY student can submit policy using the form below - your ideas don't need to be complicated! 

Once policies are submitted they will be put online here, and any student may comment or ask for clarification.

If you submit a policy suggestion you will be invited to student council to present it - but you don't have to. In your absence the Union Chair will read your submission - and then your elected student reps will vote on the policy.

So give us your ideas, and help us work for you!

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The List below are the policies which are set to be discussed by the Student Council. 

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    Library Fines Amnesty - POLICY LAPSE

      Council notes: 1. That students are currently allowed to borrow up to 15 books from the university library. 2. That fines are capped at £10 per book. 3. That in the most extreme circumstances, students could owe a total of £150 in fines. 4. That students with overdue loans and fines will be prevented from graduating and that limited access to resources may be a barrier to education for students moving between third and fourth year of their studies. 5. That all libraries in Glasgow are currently holding a fines amnesty, encouraging those with overdue books, CDs and DVDs to bring them back, have their fees waived and re-engage with what their library offers. Council resolves: 1. To lobby the university management and librarian for a one week amnesty, during which overdue books can be returned and fine balances reset to £0 2. To hold a number of on campus events (including lecture announcements, PR and posters and an all student email) before and during amnesty week to encourage as many students as possible to return their books.

      Why you think it is important

      Council believes: 1. That unreturned items are a problem for students who want to borrow a book that is in the possession of someone else and can lead to reduced library resources for all students. 2. That fines are used by the university as a deterrent and that foregoing the income derived from them for one week would have no detrimental economic impact on the university budget. 3. That if university policy on fines prevents students from graduating, the university and the student association has a duty to ensure students are aware of this and to provide them with opportunities to address the situation.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      This is an old policy due to lapse. It can be renewed or allowed to lapse.
    No comments have been made.



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